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Employers Cannot Withhold Pay from an Employee without Authorization

In response to an employee’s mistake or failure to perform one or more of his or her regular duties, employers may be inclined to withhold that employee’s wages.  However, this is generally prohibited under the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”). I have seen this issue arise where an employer attempts to incentivize an

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Taming Twitter: 5 ways to manage customer-driven harassment of employees on social media

For any modern, public-facing organization, a social media presence has come to feel less like a “nice feature” and more like an absolute “must-have” to stay competitive and relevant. In particular, today’s customers demand and, indeed, expect a social media platform where they can receive succinct, immediate, one-on-one support without having to interact with a

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150 Words

I chose this quote months ago when the idea for 150 Words was born. For me, it underscores the importance of our work with employers in promoting respect in the workplace, and the corresponding positive impact this has on people’s working experience: We need human rights. Whether we like it or not, religious, ethnic and

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The Truth About Defamation in Workplace Terminations

There are a number of “piggyback” claims that we see as part of wrongful dismissal claims against our employer clients – intentional infliction of mental distress; discrimination contrary to human rights legislation etc. Amongst these “piggyback” claims is defamation. An employee may claim that the employer (through one or more of its employees) has made

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Where HR Professionals Get It Wrong: Employment Counsels’ Collective Musings

The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) recently conducted a survey of lawyers specializing in employment law. The results of the survey flag the legal issues HR professionals most frequently grapple with in the workplace, particularly those issues where they were most likely to “get it wrong”. The amount of feedback received exceeded the HRPA’s expectations

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« Savoir-faire » – Effectuer des enquêtes en milieu de travail dans ma langue seconde

J’ai grandi en parlant en français. Quand j’étais petite et que je jouais avec mes amis dans le quartier, on parlait en français ou en anglais selon les mots qui nous venaient à l’esprit. On vivait dans une communauté composée de familles anglophones, de familles francophones ou de familles bilingues, alors la langue n’était jamais

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Deaf Employee Awarded Over $100,000 in Damages after “Horrendous” Conduct by Employer

A decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice last week contains some of the most disturbing termination facts I have seen in some time. Quite simply, it is a case study on how not to treat an employee with a disability – or any employee for that matter – and how not to terminate

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Lessons for Employers about Expense Claims from the Mike Duffy Trial

We’re now several days into the Mike Duffy trial and the stage is set for a public examination of the expenses that Mr. Duffy claimed while he was a member of the Senate.  Ultimately, it will be up to Justice Vaillancourt to decide if Mr. Duffy is guilty of a criminal offence, but this case

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